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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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GraphicConverter 8.3

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Lemkesoft has released GraphicConverter 8.3 with a number of updates to the highly regarded graphic conversion and editing utility, including support for Notification Center in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and accessing Aperture’s library. Other additions include Automator actions, shared menu support, new PDF export options, the capability to copy and paste GPS locations to the browser, an option to select a default display in multi-display configurations, enhanced GIF export, and an optimized unsharp mask. The release also includes several fixes, including a bug that prevented saving an image with the original creation date, crashes that occurred with Fast Preview and saving grayscale GIFs, and a bug when converting movies to GIF animations. ($39.95 new, free update from version 7.x, $29.95 upgrade from versions 1 through 6, 128 MB, release notes).

 

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